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University of Arizona
Katharine Jacobs is a faculty member at the University of Arizona (UA) in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and is the Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS). CCASS supports climate change adaptation and assessment activities at regional, national and international scales, supported by university experts in a wide range of climate related fields. From 2010 – 2013, Jacobs served as an Assistant Director in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. Jacobs was the director of the National Climate Assessment, leading a team of 300 authors and more than a thousand contributors who wrote the Third NCA report. She also was the lead adviser on water science and policy, and climate adaptation within OSTP. She has more than twenty years of experience as a water manager for the State of Arizona Department of Water Resources.